by Ajadi Daniel
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has presented a budget proposal of N210 billion (specifically, N209, 875,330,488) for the 2017 fiscal year to the Kano state House of Assembly.
The budget which was tagged “Budget of Sustainable Self Reliance” has N130, 488,682.677 projected for capital expenditure and N79, 370,647.811 billion for recurrent expenditure.
According to the governor, the budget would be funded by expected internally generated revenue of N143.7 billion and N99.990 billion expected federal allocations. The Ministry of Works and Housing got the highest allocation of N43.72 billion followed by Education with N17.5 billion.
The governor said the water resources ministry was allocated N13.5 billion to improve water supply across the state, N10 billion was allocated to the health ministry, Agriculture and development got N6.6 billion while the ministry of Land and Physical Planning received N16.8 billion.
Here we are again with the shenanigans of budget presentation and promises of internal revenue generation and an increased level of budget implementation. But looking at the Kano state budget, one can help but to be cynical given the economic reality of the country at present and the fact that it is not moving south.
But the question is what happened to the 2016 budget, why the presentation of a new budget?, why can’t we have a session where the governor give an account of his spending for the year, a session of budget performance. This is particularly important at this time if we must spend our way out of recession. Do you agree with us on this? Let us have your opinion on this matter.